Offlate, waylaying and thefts near ATMs has become very common. Most incidents of waylaying and robbing near ATMs happen in relatively isolated spots. Many such ATMs lack security guards, especially during the day. Ironically, in the city, more than one ATM is located on the same road. And all of them invariably have a security guard. But, the guards are seldom armed and armed security personnel are deployed only when cash is loaded into the machines from armoured vehicles. The customers enjoy no such security.
Unless there is an emergency never withdraw cash from an ATM late at night. Even if you do, especially in comparatively remote locations, do not go alone. While inside the ATM, face the Machine in such a way that people outside cannot see how much money you are withdrawing. Since it is your money, you ought to be careful and extra cautious. There are just too many ATMs in the city and suburbs for the police to maintain a regular vigil. Never let any strangers distract your attention — an old trick employed even in regular bank branches — and in the process snatch your bags with money and disappear.
All said and done, it’s hard to discourage a determined criminal, especially if they know a large amount of money is at stake – as in many ATMs.